Last week was the 20th anniversary of the North American Release of one of the greatest gaming systems to ever come out
September 26, 1996 was a day marking another major breakthrough in the 3d gaming world. The US debut of the Nintendo 64. Now a days most of us have fond and unbreakable memories associated with the N64. Some may not be as memorable as this kid’s,
but we each have our own individual story. Mine goes as such. I have 2 younger brothers and we were promised by my Dad that if we helped him clean up the yard and fix my Mom’s planter boxes that we could go play laser tag altogether, After a long day of hard work we piled into my Dad’s truck and headed to the local laser tag arena, When we reached about half way my Dad offered an alternative to a a couple quick games of laser tag. “I’m going to give you guys a choice…,” My Dad says, “…. We could go and play a couple games of laser tag right now, or we can head to the store and go pick up a new Nintendo?” We all questioned him to see if the offer was genuine. “Really? Seriously?“ Then, without hesitation all three of us exclaim ”Nintendo 64!”
Because of this adventure my siblings and I had at home access to Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, Mario Kart 64, Starfox 64, Golden Eye 007, 1080* Snowboarding, Ken Griffey Jr’s Slugfest, Madden 64, Perfect Dark, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Super Smash Brothers, and WCW vs NWO.
The technological advances that were present in this console generation opened many doors and because of the way they were executed most of them were kept open.The gaming industry exploded at this point and many companies started looking towards throwing their hats into the ring as a result of the boom. The success opened the door wider for Sony and their fledgling playstation, Microsoft Xbox was to come within the next 6 years.
Think of all the things that the N64 brought to the table in the name of video game advancement. The first analog stick, the rumble pack, the system expansion pack, and the s-video cable. All of these were graphical upgrades to improve the gaming experience and push the industry forward. The N64 was a great system that has brought many wonderful gaming memories to me and many other gamers growing up. It is worth noting that many young people who didn’t grow up with N64 have gone back to retro gaming to see what all the fuss was about, most of them are still impressed.
What about you and your experience with N64?